2018 Building Michigan Communities Conference
April 30 - May 2
Thank you for your interest in submitting a session for the 20th Annual Building Michigan Communities Conference. At the 2018 event we will be looking for sessions that relate to the following areas of interest. Please note that the areas of interest have changed as well as the specific types of sessions. Please take the time to read through the descriptions and submit your session.
Examples include; Nonprofit Fundraising, Assembling Successful Boards for Nonprofits, Marketing and Promoting your Nonprofit on a Budget, Financial Strategies and Bookkeeping for Nonprofits, Organizational Structures for Nonprofits, Grant Writing Workshop, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (as it relates to organizations and working with internal and external customers. Also, ways to retain a diverse talented workforce, etc.), Stress Free Working and Job Satisfaction
Multifamily Housing Finance, Development, Rehabilitation, and Management
Development, finance, syndication, management, rehabilitation, and marketing of affordable rental housing; compliance training for rental management professionals; policy updates/trends that impact affordable rental housing.
Policy and Innovation
The Policy and Innovation track is seeking proposals that focus on the following themes; Advanced Food Systems and Sustainability, Improving Community Infrastructure (Green/Again/Access), Improving Health Outcomes, Arts/Culture/Music/Performance, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion, Innovative Local Economic Solutions, Housing and Community Economic Development Policy, Emerging Provocative Ideas and Trends
Preventing and Ending Homelessness
Developing responsive, coordinated community-wide programs to address the needs of those in housing crisis. The Preventing and Ending Homelessness track is seeking presentation proposals that align with the Michigan’s Campaign to End Homelessless Action Plan, focusing on the five themes:
With these themes in mind as our focus, presentations that provide replicable strategies, changes in process, or new tools and resources to integrate into programs are highly encouraged. The track is also very interested in sessions that target on assisting those we serve, as well as the service providers, with tools and resources that focus on goal setting and moving towards greater self-sufficiency after the immediate housing need is met.
Single-Family Housing Development
Examples include spec writing, design, sustainable development, rural home development, energy efficiency, building equity and other ownership strategies, homeownership counseling, continuing education for realtors, neighborhood strategies, Grant opportunities – Financing the home, Financing the family. etc.
Proposals for all audience levels are welcomed, from introductory to advanced level materials, and in a variety of formats. Sessions that are interactive and dynamic are encouraged.
We are also interested in a variety of presentation styles and approaches. Examples include (Click on the term to see a definition of term):
Meant to walk through an example, case studies demonstrate a principal by using actual events. A pivotal person in a case-study may be asked to present their story in person at a session so that they can share nuances and answer questions.
Crafting solutions to complex problems can be done by incorporates learning from the target audience, testing potential solutions amongst those who could benefit from the solution, and implementing the solution. In a simulation of design-thinking, groups can be asked to have a rapid-fire brainstorming session, testing can be done with other small groups, and presentations of the potential solution can then be shared.
Several chairs are arranged in an inner circle, called the fish bowl, and outer circles of chairs surround this fish bowl. Only people in the fish bowl are part of the discussion to begin with, so that others listen with the intent of hearing, as opposed to with the idea that they may need to be at the ready to respond. After the conversation has progressed, the inner circle listens as the outer circles participate. Or, the two can all engage in a dialogue.
Nuts and Bolts
This is kind of like the fishbowl format in terms that the panelists are prepared with questions that get to the nuts and bolts of how a program or component works, with the moderator asking them to share their experiences/best practices. However, it's not in the circular format, but rather at the usual table.
Having a group practice a technique allows for learning by doing. For example, taking a pro-forma and using real numbers to create a budget takes budgeting from theory to practice. The same is true when a group of people are all given play dollar bills and titles of capital funders, and financing is layered in real time with one month passing per minute, and explanations of how financing sources relate.
Tell the tale, often through the lens of one person. "Coordinated access is a large community effort that deeply impacted the Ellis family. I want to share with you the experiences that led the Ellis family to connect to permanent housing through the Any Town coordinated access process." Better yet, Mrs. Ellis will tell you herself.
Typically these are short talks that draw out why something matters while also possibly delving into how something can work. Ted talks can be incorporated as a way to hear the voices of multiple experts.
Use of Technology
Show a video clip, play an audio recording, poll the audience during a session with an online app by using smart phones, live tweet or use another form of technology that helps to demonstrate an idea or tell a story in a way that may resonate with the audience.
We are interested in a diverse group of sessions that will inspire audiences of all learning levels and demographics. If you wish to submit a proposal, please use the link below. Please include a brief description of the session that includes the topic, the target audience, the presentation style, and the learning level (beginning, intermediate, advanced).
The deadline to submit your proposal for the 2018 Building Michigan Communities Conference is September 28, 2017. If you have any questions, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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